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Leading from Beneath

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Thought this article from Andy Stanley was great. Here's a clip from Lead from Beneath on MinistryToday.com:

1. When an instruction is given, follow through now; debrief later. When the discussion's over and the one God has placed in authority over you says, "This is what we're gonna do," then you do it. Follow through first, and debrief later. Your words and actions need to express, "I am clearly and squarely on your team and under your authority." It doesn't mean you can't ask, "Why?" But do so in the clear context of serving the organization at large and observing the chain-of-command. In your own style and your own way, you must learn to communicate both: "I am under your authority," and "Can we talk about it?"

2. Never verbalize your frustration with the process in front of other team members. Public loyalty results in private leverage. If you want to have leverage one-on-one with your authorities, then show support for their ideas and strategies in front of the team—even if you think they're absolutely off the wall. Likewise, if you want to lose leverage with your boss, then disrupt and ask challenging questions and foster division among the ranks publicly.

Support publicly; challenge privately. Reverse those two things and you surrender your authority as a leader within your organization. Again, it's OK to think different—to challenge. But the method you use and the place you choose is critical. Everybody who has authority is also under authority.


posted by Joshua Griffin @ 10:19 PM |

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At 1/06/2008, Blogger Rich Barrett said...

Wow, that was a really good reminder. Thanks for the link to the article—I hadn't seen it.

That guy Andy knows which way is up!

At 1/13/2008, Blogger DC Curry said...

Well said man!


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